Mouth rot – symptoms, causes and naturopathic help
Naturopathic help for mouth rot
Oral thrush is a herpes infection that occurs mainly in young children from one to three years of age. The disease often causes severe pain in the mouth area.
However, there are some medicinal plants that are good for faster healing process and pain relief.
What is oral thrush and what are the causes of it??
Mouth rot is a highly contagious disease and is caused by the herpes virus, which almost everyone carries, often without the outbreak of the disease in itself.
In oral thrush, the oral mucosa and gums are affected by small, painful blisters.
Mostly small children are affected by oral thrush, but the disease also does not stop at adults.
In people between 15 and 65 years of age, on average only one in 100 is.000 people affected. In people under 15 years, there are already 17 affected, the gender does not matter.
Oral thrush is usually transmitted by people infected with the herpes virus. Transmission is especially rapid in kindergartens and schools, where children play together in close quarters and often share toys or pacifiers.
Adults usually become infected through the transmission of saliva when kissing.
The symptoms of oral thrush
The incubation period can be from a few days to two weeks. The symptoms at the beginning are often sudden fever and a general malaise.
Within the next few days, small blisters form in the mouth, which can lead to severe sore throat and mouth pain and thus to difficulty swallowing and an associated refusal to eat.
In addition to these complaints, there are often swollen throat lymph nodes, respiratory infections, salivation and a sour mouth odor. After one to two weeks, the symptoms usually subside again without consequences.
Once again, the most important symptoms are summarized:
– Feeling of discomfort/sickness,
– Vesicles in the mouth and throat area,
– difficulty swallowing, refusal to eat,
– swollen throat lymph nodes and gums,
– respiratory tract infection,
– salivation and bad breath.
How to treat oral thrush with naturopathic methods
In addition to the usual methods of treatment of oral thrush, treatment with naturopathic methods should be considered.
Especially for children, such a treatment is recommended, because it is purely natural products.
Chamomile: wonder herb and all-rounder
Probably the best known medicinal plant used against inflammation, cramps and pain is chamomile. The plant contains many substances that are strongly anti-inflammatory, well tolerated, antibacterial and promote healing.
Chamomile is as a tea, to gargle or drink, a side effect-free remedy for mouth rot. Chamomile has a soothing effect on the oral mucosa and also ensures adequate hydration.
Sage: The panacea
Sage is known for its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial effects. The herb is so versatile that it can be used for a wide variety of ailments.
Sage is used, among other things, for respiratory diseases, inflammation of the mouth and throat and excessive sweating.
Sage tea can be drunk normally or used as a gargle solution against the sore throat and mouth pain.
However, the herb should not be used permanently due to its high thujone content.
Bilberry: Effective for 500 years
Blueberries are also a popular remedy for various diseases. Already in the 16. In the nineteenth century, blueberries were used to treat mouth sores and throat ulcers.
Today, blueberries are mainly used to treat diarrhea and inflammation of the mucous membranes of the mouth and throat.
The berries contain high amounts of tannins and vitamins. Blueberries can also be used to make a tea or mouthwash. Both are particularly suitable for children due to their taste.
Caution: prolonged use of the leaves can cause symptoms of poisoning.
Marshmallow: a medicinal plant with a long history
Marshmallow has been one of the most valued medicinal plants since ancient times. The plant contains mucilage, which, once in contact with the mucous membrane, forms a kind of protective layer and soothes the irritated mucous membrane.
This is how the medicinal plant can be used for inflammation of the stomach lining or the mouth and throat area.
The marshmallow can be drunk as a tea, but the tea should be prepared with cold water only, so that the valuable mucilage is not lost.
Diabetics should consider the high sugar content when eating marshmallow.
Oral thrush is a rather rare disease caused by the herpes virus. Children are most often affected by the disease. The pain caused by the small blisters in the mouth can be reduced with the help of medicinal plants and promote the healing process.